Google is waging competitive takeovers on all fronts, from cannibalizing music lyrics sites, to going mano y mano against domain registration powerhouses GoDaddy and Namecheap.
Last June, Google debuted its Google Domain service to a small number of testers. And even in test mode, it had a profound impact on its competitors:
Google’s entry into the domain names market put a crimp on GoDaddy’s IPO plans [last year], and impacted that of other web rivals.
GoDaddy [then] began stressing how it was working to diversify its product offerings to include more than just support for domain buying, but expanding into all aspects of helping customers run their online business.
Yesterday, Google moved its Google Domains service from testing to public beta, making it available to all U.S. consumers.
The service’s features include:
- Domain pricing starting at $12/yr
- Free private registration
- Free email forwarding to a Gmail inbox for up to 100 email aliases
- Free domain forwarding
- Easy domain mapping sync with a Blogger blog
- Easy integration with website builder partners including Shopify, Squarespace, Weebly or Wix
- Support for up to 100 sub-domains
- Support for over 60 new domain endings (including .club, .clothing, .florist, and .coffee.)
- Daily chat, email and phone support for new and existing customers
Google plans to roll out Google Domains internationally. The ETA on that, however, is TBD.